Background: Professor in the Sociology Department, Colorado State University, 2005; professor in Social Sciences, Colorado Mountain College, Alpine, 1995-2004; Routt County Commission, 2007-2012; Colorado House of Representatives, District 26, 2013-2017; 3rd Congressional District Democratic nominee, 2018 and 2020.
Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics
Covering most of the Western Slope, Pueblo County and the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, it’s the epicenter of the state’s ongoing tension between competing approaches to its abundant public lands — extraction and exploitation or preservation and recreation.
Background: Owner, Shooters Grill in Rifle since 2013; top signature-gatherer for Protect Colorado's Vote, the organization supporting the referendum on the state’s National Popular Vote law.
In an observation echoing national election forecasters, a number of seasoned politicos with roots in the sprawling district told Colorado Politics that Mitsch Bush’s chances of moving the seat into the Democratic column are better than they would have been had the less flamboyant Tipton had won the nomination, but it’ll still be a tough lift among the 3rd CD’s largely rural and smaller-town voters.
The two major-party candidates running for Colorado’s suddenly open 3rd Congressional District seat attacked swiftly after their primary wins, each scrambling to portray their opponent as a dangerous extremist.
Leading organizations on the left and right are throwing their support behind the nominees in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.
Lauren Boebert, the Republican who defeated U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District primary on June 30, wants to run to be the conservative AOC, referencing liberal firebrand U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, but Democrats hope voters associate her with another political initial.
John Hickenlooper, the Democratic nominee for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, said Tuesday he has accepted four invitations to debate the Republican incumbent, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, in October — but the candidates have only agreed to show up together at a single debate, on Oct. 2 in Pueblo.
The political action committee associated with the gun violence prevention organization co-founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hit the airwaves in Colorado Tuesday with an ad tying Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to President Donald Trump and his opposition to requiring universal background checks on gun sales.
Republican congressional nominee Lauren Boebert hits the airwaves with her first TV ad of the general election campaign Monday with a biographical spot describing how she broke her family's "cycle of poverty" with a job at McDonald's, her campaign said.